Autumn might just be the coziest time of the year. I love the slow descent into the new season and how the clear mornings of summer give way to the misty start of autumn days. This time of year I look forward to filling my kitchen with the aromas of butter, cardamom, and cinnamon as I bake all manners of Scandinavian treats.
One of my new favorites is this Nordic almond cake with pears and almond spices. As the butter browns on the stove, it releases the most irresistible nutty fragrance, which soon combines with cardamom and cinnamon. Using almond meal instead of flour makes the cake gluten-free while imparting a distinctly Nordic flavor. Finally, the pear slices soften into a luscious version of themselves as the cake bakes, taking this dessert truly over the top. I’m sharing the recipe in the latest issue of The Norwegian American, so head over there and check it out!